This was the first picture I got - on March 13th. I drove from Red Row to Low Hauxley and then west after spotting the edge of a bank of cloud. I ended up just outside Newton on the Moor. I spotted the comet with binoculars initially and could see it without them after. The crescent moon was nearby. It was freezing cold - the temperature was -2C on the car thermometer.
This picture was taken from near the village of Low Hauxley to the south of Amble. It was easily visible to the naked eye and the stubby little tail was a treat through binoculars.
At this point the comet was almost on the far side of the Sun and 1.15AU (171 million km) from Earth and 0.34AU (53 million km) from the Sun.
This picture was taken on March 16th 2013. It's a 20 second exposure at ISO200 with the Nikon D80 at prime focus of the telescope.
Observing again from near Low Hauxley the comet was very difficult to see without binoculars. In real terms its distance from Earth had increased to 1.25AU (187 million km) and it was 0.61AU from the Sun (92 million km). PANSTARRs was becoming less active and not shining as brightly because it was further from both the Earth and Sun.
Still....it was great to finally see it against a much darker sky through the telescope.
The close passage of PANSTARRs and the Andromeda Galaxy was a bit of a challenge. The field of view through the telescope was too small to get both and my camera lens is not the best at getting quality widefield shots. I decided the best method would be to compose a mosaic of images stretching from the comet to the galaxy.
This picture is a composite of several four minute exposures taken at prime focus of the 80mm telescope. Corrections were later made for the fading twilight sky which was different in each picture.
PANSTARRs was showing a fan-shaped tail by this night and an unusual anti-tail seemingly perpendicular from the dust tail.
This picture shows the northern horizon and it's been processed to give a flavour of how the comet and galaxy looked that night.
PANSTARRs distance from Earth was about 1.3AU (194 million km) and it was 0.75AU from the Sun (112 million km). The comet had been circumpolar for several days - it no longer set from Northumberland.
This picture was taken from my back garden in Red Row (through the 80mm telescope).
PANSTARRs was 1.41AU (211 million km) from Earth and 1.02AU (152 million km) from the Sun. It was shining like a diffuse 6th magnitude stars would.
That anti-tail looks more prominent now and the colour is more green than the dusty yellow of last month. This picture was taken on May 6th when the comet was 1.58AU (237 million km) from Earth and 1.4AU (210 million km) from the Sun.